Rio Hondo College
Division of Communications and Languages

Writes of Spring Festival
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

all events are FREE and open to the public

All books will be on sale at the event. Cash only!
Authors will be signing books after their readings.



Thursday, April 26


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Other Wednesday Events:

River Deep
Student Film Festival

1:00 p.m.

River's Voice Reading
2:30 p.m.
Wray Theater

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Campus Map

Parking Information:
Parking is free.
Stop by the parking booth on College Drive to pick up an event parking pass.

Park in Student Lot C

Contact Information:
Division of Communications
and Languages





8:05 a.m.  Wray Theater

 Marisela Norte

Marisela Norte has contributed to many publications including Rolling Stone, Interview, Elle, LA Weekly, Buzz, WEST, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Chicana Art, BOMB, Tu Ciudad and the upcoming issue of Propagandist. She has performed her work throughout California and many cities in the United States, and most recently at the Tate Modern in London. Norte has also co-authored the play, Black Butterfly, Jaquar Girl, Pinanta Woman and Other Super Hero Girls Like Me, and performed it at 350 Middle and High Schools in Los Angeles the last few years.

Marisela Norte has been honored at the Kennedy Center in DC and nominated for an Ovation award. Her work can also be found in a number of anthologies, among them Microphone Fiends, Bordered Sexualities: Bodies on the Verge of a Nation, The Geography of Home: California's Poetry of Place, Rara Avis, and Chicana Art-The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities by Laura Perez.

Boyle Heights Beat




9:40 a.m.  Wray Theater

Howard Fine

Howard Fine is recognized as one of the premiere acting teachers and most sought-after coaches in the entertainment industry. His career as a renowned acting educator and specialist is rooted in New York, primarily at the American Music and Dramatic Academy, where he also headed the Acting Department. His passion for coaching the best and brightest professional actors and actresses led in 1985 to his relocating to Hollywood, where his prominent reputation emerged.

His talent roster includes and has included:
Brad Pitt, Lindsey Lohan, Jennifer Connelly, Chris Pine, Amanda Bynes, Justin Timberlake, Rick Fox, Michelle Williams, Simon Baker, Gerard Butler, Michael Chiklis, Salma Hayek, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bradley Cooper, Carla Gugino, Morris Chestnut, Christopher Meloni, Adrian Pasdar, Josh Groban, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Alexa Vega, Elizabeth Berkeley, Val Kilmer, Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Jon Bon Jovi, Kim Delaney, Brooke Shields, Darryl Hannah, Kelli Williams, Alison Eliot, Rosanna Arquette, Lee Tergesen, Jason Priestly, Garry Shandling, Geri Halliwell, David Eliot, Heather Locklear, Michelle Kwan, James Belushi, Scott Wolf, Lori Loughlin, Mark Harmon, Pam Dawber, Maura Tierney, Heather Tom, Jared Leto, Danny Nucci, Tisha Campbell Martin, David Faustino, Estella Warren, Tori Spelling, Jane Seymour, Deborah Gibson, E.G. Daily, Tracee Ross, and many others.  

Howard Fine's Web Site

"His great skill is the joy he takes in watching you discover, with the tools he provides, the essence of a character. He loves actors, he loves the process, and he is all about the work."
-- Chris Pine, Actor (Star Trek, Unstoppable)

11:15 a.m.   Wray Theater

 Darnella Ford

Award winning author and inspirational speaker, Darnella Ford, travels the country inspiring people from all walks of life.  From the inner city to the corporate boardroom, Darnella brings a "unique" insight and contagious passion through her healing and life sustaining messages and programs.  Through key partnerships with various non-profit organizations, Darnella has made a powerful impact in the world of the homeless, youth in foster care, mental health care facilities and those in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse.  She is also an advocate for youth and extends herself to junior high schools, high schools and colleges/universities throughout the country.  In addition, she has expanded her outreach to include "An Inspired Life," a special program dedicated to the healing of office environments in Corporate America.

                                                                             Journey to Worthy             YouTube


THURSDAY 1:00 p.m. Wray Theater

Adam Sadowsky is the president of Syyn Labs -- a collective of talented people that bring aesthetics and engineering together to create really nifty interactive art. Syyn Labs is responsible for a potpourri of interesting gizmos, from augmented reality namebadges to sound-reactive fire sculpture, but are best known for the huge Rube Goldberg machine created for OK Go's music video "This Too Shall Pass" that instantly went viral via YouTube.

In addition to engineering interactive art, Sadowsky serves as Chief Operating Officer for the popular
Mindshare LA events, where people across disciplines come together every month to share ideas. He is also the co-founder and vice president of the IBD Foundation, providing support to people with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, having been diagnosed with the latter in 1984. Sadowsky has also worked in software, product design, video games, genetics research, online auctions and even had quite a successful acting stint, sharing the TV screen with both Jason Bateman and Matthew Perry.  A software engineer by education, he appreciates great design – especially functional design. He’s pondered having a bluetooth headset implanted in his skull.

"The League of Extraordinary Nerds!"--Fast Company magazine